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Old 10-05-07, 11:33 AM   #1
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My last folding bike + train commute of the season

Well, due to personal reasons today is my last bike+train commute of the "season" though I may start up again sometime in the next few months. Here are some fun stats:

79 Round Trips on Folding Bike + Train (mostly Amtrak)
671 Miles biked
4187 Miles Not Driven by Car
24885 vertical feet climbed (almost 5 miles) up the steep Cedar Hollow Rd hill (Paoli, PA)
174 gallons of gas not purchased and burned
23,700 Calories burned (6 ¾ lbs of fat) (my actual weight loss… ½ lb)
$474 dollars saved vs. driving (Save $6 per round trip counting “everything”)


Note the Calories burned stat... I've been able to enjoy far more ice creams, gelatos, bread puddings, and other treats this summer with no weight gain than if I were commuting in my car!
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Old 10-05-07, 06:25 PM   #2
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gelatos? Yeah, I've noticed that with myself. Cagers take junk food for granted. The exercise from biking makes one appreciate junk food more. Today I made myself a potato chip sandwich with kettle cooked chips and a yummy bagette. None of the cheap stuff. Just premium ingredients. Hadn't had one in over 20 years. Not much in gelatos offered around here, but there is a ice custard (like an upscale ice cream) that I'll hit one the way home once in awhile.
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Old 10-05-07, 09:16 PM   #3
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Awesome stats. May you return to bike commuting when it's right for you again. I know this is about the time the seasonal commuters are crawling back into the woodwork, so don't feel too bad.

Oh yeah, and make sure to modify your diet to match your new level of physical activity. Just sayin'.
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You: Leaving great Valley Corporate center by 55/65 Valley Stream Pkwy, clad in Docker-esque business casual clothes, Messenger bag, riding your folder.

Me: Riding behind you on Valley Stream, passed you on Swedesford Rd.. Red Trek Hybrid, wearing Bike shorts and plain jersey. I made right on Cedar Hollow and left you behind, or at least that what I thought....

When: Early July??

What: Dropped by a folder!!! As the road made its increasingly steeper climb up to Paoli you started gaining ground. As we past under the RR tunnel and started the even steeper bit, my legs and lungs cried uncle and I slow to a pitiful crawl. You however, just pedaled past me as if you where on a pleasant ride down some seaside broad walk. You exchange some greeting, I gasp out some quick words before I have to pull over and catch my breath. I gaze in amazement as you merrily spin up the hill.

You left a serious impression on me, the only thread of dignity that I could think of was that you must have some seriously low gears on that folder. I'm better at hills now, but Cedar Hollow Rd is still not a hill to be trifled with! Tis a shame that you have to forgo that daily challenge!
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Its always nice to know another folder commuter.
' hope you comeback into bike commuting soon Dave.


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What: Dropped by a folder!!! As the road made its increasingly steeper climb up to Paoli you started gaining ground. As we past under the RR tunnel and started the even steeper bit, my legs and lungs cried uncle and I slow to a pitiful crawl. You however, just pedaled past me as if you where on a pleasant ride down some seaside broad walk. You exchange some greeting, I gasp out some quick words before I have to pull over and catch my breath. I gaze in amazement as you merrily spin up the hill.

You left a serious impression on me, the only thread of dignity that I could think of was that you must have some seriously low gears on that folder. I'm better at hills now, but Cedar Hollow Rd is still not a hill to be trifled with! Tis a shame that you have to forgo that daily challenge!
I remember you! Thanks for the great writeup from your perspective, made my day. I was concerned when I passed you that I had startled you and killed your rhythm with my "how's it going" because you almost immediately pulled over to the side and stopped completely.

My bike (Downtube IXNS folder) has a 48T front chainring, and a standard 11-32T 9speed in back, with 20" wheels. I take Cedar Hollow in 3rd gear (so, 48/24 x 20 = 40 gear inches) except for that really steep 50 ft long 17% grade part when I drop to 2nd (48/28 x 20 = 34 gear inches).

I'll be back on it, either in a couple months or sometime in February if there isn't too much snow on the ground.

cheers!
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